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Chocolate Layer Cake (aka Spartak Cake) slice on a plate

Chocolate Layer Cake (aka Spartak Cake)

If you've been eating Easter European cakes, you will notice that layered cakes are quite popular.
Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine Russian, Ukrainian
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 14 Servings
Calories 491kcal
Author Natalya Drozhzhin


Cake Layers

Spartak Cake Cream


Spartak Cake Layers

  • Prepare ingredients for the cake layers.
    7 bowls on the table including one with flour, one with sugar, one with cocoa, one with milk, one with butter, one with baking soda and one with honey also an egg on the table
  • This cake dough is made on a steam bath. Preheat water and place a bowl on top of the boiling water, making sure that the bowl doesn't melt. Combine together sugar, egg, butter, honey and milk. Cook until ingredients double in volume.
    A steam bath with milk, honey, sugar, egg, and butter in the bowl
  • Stir in cacao slowly, followed by baking soda.
    Baking soda mixed into the mixture on the steam bath
  • In small parts keep on adding flour to the mixture. At first use a whisk and as the dough becomes thicker, use a spatula. At first, dough may still be soft, but as it gets colder, it will get harder.
    Flour being mixed into the mixture in a bowl
  • Divide dough into 11 equal in size pieces.
    Dough being cut into small pieces
  • On a floured surface, roll out each piece into your preferred size. Measure it using a plate or a lid, to make it a consistent size. Don't cut the dough yet, wait until it bakes.
    A chocolate cake layer on the table
  • Bake at 350F for about 5-8 minutes, depending on your oven. Remove from the oven, place your measuring circle on top and cut out the edges. Remove it form the sheet onto a cooling rack. Repeat the steps until you are all done with the dough.
    Chocolate Layer Cake layers stacked on top of each other on a cutting board

Spartak Cake Cream

  • Whisk together eggs with flour until all lumps are gone.
    eggs and flour whisked together
  • Pour milk into a heavy sauce-pot, add in egg mixture, vanilla and sugar. Cook on low-medium heat, stirring/whisking entire time until the mixture resembles condensed milk in texture. Don't forget to stir/whisk, otherwise the cream can burn. Remove from heat, letting it completely cool to a room temperature.
    Into a pot with milk egg mixture, vanilla extract and sugar added in
  • Whisk the room temperature butter, until it's smooth in texture. In small parts, add in cooked cream. Continue whisking until all mixture is combined together.
    Cream mixture in a mixing bowl

Cake Assembly

  • Using 80% of the cream, distribute it evenly between all cake layers. Spread cream evenly and stack them on top of each other. Use the remainder of the cream to cover the top of the cake.
    Cream placed onto each cake layer
  • Decorate as you wish. I used ganache to decorate the cake. You can use the leftover crumbs to decorate the cake as well.
    Chocolate Layer Cake (aka Spartak Cake) slice on a plate


Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 1040IU | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1.1mg